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Weekend Roundup




Well it’s officially summer. Thank goodness because it’s felt like summer for the past two months. We spent the week getting back into a routine, catching up on stuff around the house and attempting to stay cool. Sybil’s milestones are coming fast and furious. She’s been crawling for 3 weeks and added standing to her repertoire. She pulls herself up on everything!


Tomorrow I’m getting a manicure and pedicure with a girlfriend. On Sunday Jim is golfing in a tournament. Otherwise our weekend will be pretty low-key. Have a great one friends!



We were overdue for a girl’s night and made up for it on Monday with dinner at the Clever Koi. Good girlfriends are priceless! A close second was the sprinkle cookie I had at lunch yesterday.



The relentless heat. It was 118 and 119 earlier this week. It’s too hot to go outside with Lawson and Sybil, which makes for some long, long days.



I shared a glimpse on Instagram Stories of a new one-piece swimsuit I got last week. I normally wouldn’t try an off the shoulder strapless style, but this one actually has really good support. I usually stick to black, but branched out into navy this time. I picked it up on a 40% off sale and recommend waiting for another one!

Home Sweet Home

road trip



We arrived home late Saturday night after our 4 week road trip. It was an adventure! I plan to share more on traveling with a toddler and a baby soon. It wasn’t easy and three of us shed a few tears, but it was absolutely worth it.


Lawson woke up yesterday morning excited to be home. He couldn’t decide which toys to play with first! Sybil is crawling all over the place and loves to follow her big brother around. He hasn’t had to share his toys with anyone else. It’s going to take a little getting used to.


I brought 5 books on our trip and read one. Oops. At least it was a good one. I highly recommend A Man Called Ove.


We ate out more than normal over the past 4 weeks. I’m ready for a detox. Yesterday I planned our meals for the week and stocked up on fresh fruits and veggies at the grocery store. Speaking of grocery shopping, did you hear Amazon bought Whole Foods? As a loyal Whole Foods shopper, I’m interested to see how it plays out.


We’re back in the swing of things today with a pediatrician appointment, swim and girl’s night. It’s shaping up to be a busy Monday. Hope your start to the week is great!




Weekend Roundup



We’re on Day 6 of a 27-day road trip extravaganza. Call us crazy for traveling with a 2 year old and 9 month old! It was originally going to be a 40th birthday trip, but since I was 9 months pregnant we decided to delay it a bit. Our itinerary has us winding our way up the coast of California and Oregon and then meeting my family in Bend for a week. We are spending the holiday weekend in Cambria with a view of the ocean. It doesn’t get any better than that!


Sybil turned 9 months old yesterday (this is her official Instagram portrait). I find myself less emotional about her approaching her first birthday. It’s been a tough stretch that I’ll be glad to see behind us. I feel guilty saying it because she’s so stinking cute. And she’s healthy, which is really all that matters.


This week we rode the aerial tram in Palm Springs, Lawson and Sybil had their first taste of an acai bowl in Torrance, and we’ve been to the Santa Barbara Zoo and Botanic Gardens. Oh and Sybil saw the ocean for the first time! I’m sharing a ton on Instagram Stories if you’d like to follow along on our epic adventure.


Have a freaking fantastic weekend! Take a moment between barbecues to give thanks to the men and women who have given their lives protecting our freedom.



Relaxing in the kiddie pool after a 4 hour drive on Sunday. Lawson and Sybil were each playing on their own. Jim and I were watching them. I was in awe of our little family and excited for all our adventures ahead. A close 2nd is (finally) getting accepted to the rewardStyle affiliate program after applying at least 5 times. (If you’re not a blogger you likely have no idea what I’m talking about – affiliate programs are how I make a teeny bit of money from my blog when you click on links I include. You have to apply and be approved for rewardStyle.)


Sybil has never been a great sleeper. This trip has really thrown her for a loop. We’re asking her to sleep in lots of different places and be flexible with her naps. It hasn’t been easy and I’ve lost my sh!t more than once trying to get her to sleep at night.


I was searching for a white top and saw this Free People top on Julia. Free People is hit or miss on me. A lot of their styles are too much for my petite frame. I was wary this one would be the same, but pleasantly surprised to realize I loved it! I’ve worn it with jeans and sandals, which feels like the perfect summer outfit.

Natural Skincare

Kari Gran Skincare


I’ve been making an effort to switch to more natural products in all areas of my life, including skincare. Although I love the Tara Harper line (shared here), it does run on the pricier side. So when my natural and organic guru girlfriend started raving about the Kari Gran skincare line, I listened. And two of our other girlfriends did too.


The line includes a cleanser, toner and serum. That’s it. Which might be my favorite part because as much as I try, I can’t get into a 10-step skincare routine. This mama doesn’t have time for that! The cleanser is oil based. If you’re leery of oil based skincare products, read Grace’s post about why you should try one.


I try to do a face mask twice a week (reality is I’m lucky to do one) and rotate between Tata Harper’s resurfacing mask and May Lindstrom’s honey mud. The Tara Harper mask truly makes me skin glow and the May Lindstrom smells so good you’ll want to eat it.


Not pictured is the One Love Organics eye cream that I use morning (occasionally) and night (always).